Windows 7 or Vista?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by theNEOone, Jan 11, 2009.

  1. theNEOone macrumors 6502

    Jun 28, 2007
    What would you recommend I install on my Windows partition on a MBP?

    I'm definitely excited to play around with the new OS, but I also want it to actually work - I'm not always in the mood to be troubleshooting, and just need things to work every now and then, you know? I will bootcamp into Windows for games, and use Fusion for Office, Money, and Chrome.

    What are the benefits to running Win7 over Vista? What are the disadvantages?

  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    Benefits: It actually runs well.
    Disadvantages: It expires August 1, 2009.
  3. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2008
    Silicon Valley
    I recommend Windows 7. Less ram hog, not too much of a hassle, and boots very quickly. If you want an easier experience, go with 32-bit. Boot Camp drivers work better if you use 32 bit.
  4. The Flashing Fi macrumors 6502a

    Sep 23, 2007
    Vista runs well also...

    Benefits of using Windows 7: New features that may tickle your fancy.
    Faster boot time.
    All the features in Vista.

    Downfalls of 7:
    No support. You get updates, but nothing beyond that really.
    There are bugs. Some of them may cause BSODs/Crashing.
    Expires August 1st.
    There is a higher risk of data loss due to a crash.
    Getting drivers to work can be a bit tricky.

    I like Windows 7, but I wouldn't use it as my main OS though. I did install it on my MBP, but my main OS it is Mac OS X. I didn't install Windows 7 on my desktop. I had it installed, but then Windows 7's bootloader got messed up, couldn't be fixed, and I lost a lot of data/files. To put it simply, I was pissed.
  5. thefunkymunky macrumors 65816

    Feb 24, 2005
    No backup? Tut tut. :p
  6. theNEOone thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 28, 2007
    What bugs are you referring to? Most people that have posted about Win 7 say that it runs better than Vista.

    I'm not too concerned about the expiration date...

    One of the reasons I'm excited about Win 7 is that I'm hopeful that MS will release an update that provides better multi-touch support for the MBP trackpad. From what I've read so far, the trackpad under Vista is crap and the most recent Apple driver update made things worse....Call me a conspiracy theorist, but this makes sense to me, as it's in Apple's best interest to make the user experience better in OS X than in Windows. Multi touch gestures is one of the "wow" factors for people, so highlighting the experience in OS X is probably a key Apple initiative. With that being said, I think that our best hope for MBP trackpad drivers in Windows will be Microsoft.

  7. James17 macrumors 6502

    Dec 13, 2007
    Definitely Windows 7. It's actually very decent compared to Vista's performance.

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